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Why Incumbents Shouldn't Feel Safe

August 11, 2014 Relatively few members of Congress have lost primaries this year, and so far, no senators have. But that doesn't mean they feel safe. And they shouldn't. Notably, more members of Congress, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, are doing worse in primaries this year. By one measure, the ...

Obama Has a Habit of Upending State and Local Politics With His Cabinet Picks

July 10, 2014 With San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro's confirmation to head the Housing and Urban Development Department, another one of President Obama's Cabinet choices has upended yet another state's political future. By picking current elected officials for his team, Obama has helped make Kirsten Gillibrand a national figure, handed Republicans the keys ...

'It's Just Really Not the Place for Me': Congress's Brain Drain

March 5, 2014 Washington has become so toxic these days that one member of Congress is leaving after just one term—to run for a position in local government. After only a year in office, Democratic Representative Gloria Negrete McLeod of California plotted her escape from the House to seek a seat on the ...

House Democrats Exploit Their Technological Edge in Fundraising

February 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Democrats delivered another huge online fundraising haul in 2013, underscoring the gap between Democratic and Republican digital efforts as the GOP tries to make up ground in the technology of politics. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $19.4 million online in 2013, twice what the committee raised through the ...

Throw the Other Bums Out

January 27, 2014 Americans really disapprove of Congress. By several different metrics, they disapprove more than ever. But new data from Gallup show that more people still want to keep their own member of Congress in office, demonstrating just how difficult it might be to have a true cross-party, anti-incumbent wave election. Approval ...

Republicans Who Break From Pack Could Pave Way to More Productive Congress

October 18, 2013 Recently, the tea party has charted the course of the House of Representatives. But a smaller group of House Republicans reasserted its influence in Wednesday's vote to end the government shutdown, highlighting a possible path toward a more productive Congress. Thirty GOP House members have now gone against their conference ...

Poll: It's Like the Sequester Never Happened

October 10, 2013 A large majority of Americans--nearly three in four--say they have not noticed effects of this year's across-the-board spending cuts. According to the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, only 23 percent of respondents have "seen any impact of these cuts" in their communities or on them personally, while 74 ...